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People wearing protective face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus move past an electronic stock board showing Japan’s Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Tokyo. (Photo: Eugene Hoshiko, AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose on Wall Street Friday at the start of a shortened trading session, led by gains in technology companies.

The S&P 500 rose 0.3% and is on track for its third weekly gain in the past four weeks. Investors have been encouraged by progress in getting a vaccine approved and distributed and hopefully halting the coronavirus pandemic’s grip on the global economy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which earlier this week crossed 30,000 for the first time, rose 0.2%. The Nasdaq, which has a heavy weighting of technology stocks, gained 1%.

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